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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3450 on: March 09, 2018, 12:29:57 PM »
Yes, exactly that.  Exactly.

One of the older-versions-intruding things about the script is how Steve sometimes immediately clues in that, Oh, this woman is clearly SUPERHUMAN, but other times he's like, Wait, you can't go in there!  It's dangerous!

Honestly, I could have done with more conversations between her and Steve's secretary, but I did like every time Steve just accepted the fact that Diana was tougher and more capable than he was.  In much the same way, I liked every time she was like, Yes, you're a man -- I haven't known men before, but I know something ABOUT men, and I'm not an idiot.

I admit to a great ironic fondness for the Star Trek trope of But what do you mean . . . love?  Nevertheless, it's good to see that trope subverted.

I did also like the throwaway bit where the secretary makes fun of Steve for trying to disguise Diana by putting glasses on her.

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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3451 on: March 09, 2018, 12:34:16 PM »
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I finally got a netflix account and Wonder Woman isn't available.

I still don't have internet at home, due to there being zero decent ISPs in Michigan's state capital city, so I either watch stuff in many little pieces, at work, while I'm doing other stuff, or I watch DVDs at home, while doing other stuff.  :whatever:

My experience of Netflix in recent years is like this:

- If it's something I specifically want to watch, it won't be available streaming, BUT:

- There's enough stuff streaming that if I just want to watch something that's pretty good, there's enough to choose from.

Kind of a pain, but still cost-effective.  The major hitch with the DVD plan of late is that the GOP cuts into the Post Office have made it go from a two-day turnaround to a typically four-day turnaround, which irritates me personally even though I don't generally watch a DVD every four days.

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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3452 on: March 09, 2018, 12:42:52 PM »
I forgot, I saw XX, a 2017 horror anthology billed as "horror stories from a woman's perspective".  I'm not sure, but it's female directors and female leads, and it's atypical enough to be interesting.

The stories are quite varied in theme, tone, and style.  They're about twenty minutes each, and they tend to be willfully incomplete rather than simply rushed.  The first one, about a family where the young son simply loses all interest in eating, is interesting, except you just know you're not going to get an explanation.  The second one, about a woman determined not let her kid's birthday party get screwed up, is surreal, more of a dark comedy than a horror story, and it's kind of a knock-out stylistically. 

The third story is a pretty standard You Shouldn't Be Here horror story, abbreviated but above average.  The fourth is a subverted version of a Rosemary's Baby theme, although you get the feeling they couldn't decide how to end it.  The stories are embedded in a Henry Selick-style stop-motion piece of surreal creepiness that's probably the most effective overall.

I found the stories pleasing to watch, although also a little frustrating, but you could as easily say provocative.  There isn't a lot of gore or nonsense; there's a lot of consideration and care.  I liked it.  I'd give any of the directors a chance at a full feature.

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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3453 on: March 09, 2018, 03:47:30 PM »
Honestly, I could have done with more conversations between her and Steve's secretary,

I did also like the throwaway bit where the secretary makes fun of Steve for trying to disguise Diana by putting glasses on her.

I'm on board for an entire movie that is just Diana and the secretary - we needed more of the secretary. Agreed on the glasses thing.
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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3454 on: March 09, 2018, 03:50:25 PM »
I really enjoyed the film and I would definitely see a film with just Diana and the secretary.
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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3455 on: March 09, 2018, 07:16:02 PM »
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I finally got a netflix account and Wonder Woman isn't available.

I still don't have internet at home, due to there being zero decent ISPs in Michigan's state capital city, so I either watch stuff in many little pieces, at work, while I'm doing other stuff, or I watch DVDs at home, while doing other stuff.  :whatever:

My experience of Netflix in recent years is like this:

- If it's something I specifically want to watch, it won't be available streaming, BUT:

- There's enough stuff streaming that if I just want to watch something that's pretty good, there's enough to choose from.

Kind of a pain, but still cost-effective.  The major hitch with the DVD plan of late is that the GOP cuts into the Post Office have made it go from a two-day turnaround to a typically four-day turnaround, which irritates me personally even though I don't generally watch a DVD every four days.

 :hmm: You didn't really answer my question, but a little googling did. It's only available on dvd, no date yet on when it starts streaming. I didn't know there was that advantage to the dvd plan. I'm a total noob to this. I thought the dvd was for people who couldn't stream, and was much more limited selection. I didn't realize it was the newer releases.
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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3456 on: March 09, 2018, 10:43:13 PM »
And some older stuff. Really old things that aren't popular never got digitized by them, so DVD is the only mode.

It's not a library, more's the pity.
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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3457 on: March 10, 2018, 10:01:39 AM »
Yeah, I kind of got that impression based on Axe's reviews of totally obscure films. And maybe that led me to assume that old, obscure films were all that were available through dvd rentals. Whenever Axe reviewed new films, I assumed he saw them somewhere else.

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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3458 on: March 10, 2018, 10:20:29 AM »
Basically, there's a ton more stuff available on DVD than on streaming anywhere.  A DVD in a rental collection can be rented forever, but streaming licenses have expiration dates, and the digital rights are different, so apparently some stuff that's on DVD will never be available to stream (legally) until the laws are changed or a vast amount of time passes.  It's the WKRP problem.

Netflix typically has a ton of old TV series available on DVD, for instance, but really very little TV available streaming, especially anything more than a few years old.  For instance, I just checked, and they have no episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show on streaming but seven entire seasons available on DVD.  That happens a lot.

Of course, my local public library probably has all of the MTMS DVDs available at no cost, too.

Streaming is like being at a restaurant and choosing from what they have on tap.  The DVD service is more like ordering from a package store that is likely to have the obscure thing you actually want.  Less convenient, less immediate, but you're much more in control.

Recent stuff is often available on DVD first and streaming later because . . . they wanna sell a lot of DVDs.  Pretty much any crappy movie you can think of still made a profit when it went to DVD.

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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3459 on: March 10, 2018, 05:17:08 PM »
The article I read about the streaming date of Wonder Woman basically said they weren't finished milking it yet.

I think I'll still just stick with the streaming service only, especially since I have no functional dvd player at the moment.
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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3460 on: March 16, 2018, 01:51:01 PM »
I finally saw Kiltro, a 2006 Chilean kung fu film from the same people (largely) who did Mirageman and Mandrill (which unfortunately I've still only seen half of).  It's probably the most accessible of the three.  If a Chilean Tarantino had made a kung fu semi-parody, this might be it, and it's pretty fantastic.

The hulking Marko Zaror -- allegedly 6'2", but he often looks closer to 7' -- plays a street tough in love with a girl.  Their ages aren't clear; they might be in high school, or he might be older than she is, or maybe she's in college.  She's played by a Chilean actress / model / musician named Caterina Jadresic, who looks like an Andean fairy princess raised in Tokyo and who steals a lot of scenes by moving her eyes in hypnotic fashions.

Complications set in.  The girl doesn't like him because he's kind of a dumb violent schmoe.  Then a super-assassin from out of the past shows up and starts killing people in the neighborhood, and he also goes after the girl's father, a Korean martial arts teacher, and we learn there's a whole multi-generational revenge thing going on. 

Is Zaror the Chosen One, more or less?  Can he find a lost kung fu guru and train to become a super-bad-ass?  Are there jokes?  Is the fighting pretty amusing?  Is most of the blood intentionally cartoonish CGI, because this is a pulp story and not meant to be truly gruesome?

Yes.  Yes, indeed.  There's a bunch of stuff that's film jokes, Chilean jokes, whatever.  Doesn't matter.  When the film is just bizarre, it's charmingly bizarre.  I recommend it.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3461 on: March 23, 2018, 02:15:42 PM »
I finally had a chance to see a 1988 HK comedy called Fractured Follies, a Whatever Happens slapstick mess of the type where half the charm is that the cast seems to be having a good time fooling around.  But it's got a great cast, even if the story barely makes sense.  Partly because the subtitles are the required-by-law type of the era, and no major effort was put into them.

Chow Yun-Fat plays Joe, an unlucky taxi driver who accidentally hits the gorgeous May (Joey Wang, who used to be credited as Joey Wong).  May has one leg slightly shorter than the other, but her natural limp makes Joe thinks he's crippled her, so he develops a strong sense of responsibility for her. 

Meanwhile, her highly neurotic father (who plays the harmonica when he gets depressed) and entertainingly crazy mother have just bought a run-down grocery store.  So Joe and his fellow taxi driver Sea start helping out at the store.  They also share ownership of the taxi with their third roommate, the gorgeous Cher (adorable Bonnie Law, who unfortunately didn't make many films), who dreams of becoming a film and/or music star.

Meanwhile some more, May has a gorgeous cousin named either Rose Red or Scarlet (Nina Li Chi), a nymphomaniac who sets her eyes on Joe.  And so on.  There's a treacherous family member who tries to set up a dirty-tricks rival grocery store across the street, a subplot with voyeur-video pornographer gangsters, an oddly fraught attempt to find Scarlet's secret admirer (something was lost in translation here), and so on.

The cast is great, and they goof around in amiable fashion.  The subtitles come and go and often fail to deliver.  So it goes.  It's not a must-see, but it's pleasant.

Chow Yun-Fat made the lunatic cop picture Tiger On Beat the same year, which is the film famous for both shotgun-on-a-rope and sword-fight-with-giant-chainsaws.  He liked to stay busy.

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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3462 on: March 24, 2018, 02:21:10 PM »
Oh man, that's sounds great. I'd never heard of Bonnie Law ... so sad! Dang.
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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3463 on: March 26, 2018, 09:53:02 PM »
I'm generalizing from one example here, but everyone generalizes from one example. At least, I do.

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Re: Random Reviews
« Reply #3464 on: March 27, 2018, 08:39:25 AM »
 :lol: I've seen a GIF of a small part of that, but never the whole scene. Seems like it should be the intro for a dance music video.
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